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Medicinal plants to forage in January

  • Kathie Bishop
    Kathie Bishop

    I am trained in the medical sciences of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, pharmacology as well as traditional herbal subjects of herbal materia medica and therapeutics, dietetics, pharmacy, botany and photochemistry. I also have in-depth training in vaginal health & ecology and maintain thorough CPD in this area. Training in the Western tradition means that my practice is informed by medical knowledge as well as hundreds of years of traditional, elemental, western herbal wisdom.

    I graduated from The University of Westminster, London in 2009 with a first class BSc (Hons) degree in Western Herbal Medicine. Additionally, I am trained in Bach Flower Remedies, Mizan Abdominal Massage, Ceremonial Cacao, and Gong, as well as holding a Batchelor of Arts degree with Honours. I have a deep interest in the psycho-sexual connection, breaking down the taboos of female sexuality, developmental psychology and the spirit of place. I am a member of the British Herbal Medicine Association (BHMA) and of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), the oldest professional body for medical herbalists in the UK.

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Medicinal plants to forage in January

January in the Northern Hemisphere is deep in Midwinter. After the excitements of Christmas and the New Year, we may be fooled into thinking January is all about new starts, but turning to nature and the earth to guide us, we see that this really is a time of hibernation, resting and planning before regeneration starts to show in the Spring. This is where the indigenous plantlife around us echos our fundamental needs as humans.

Despite being a time for hibernation, there are still some medicinal plants that can be found and foraged this month if you know where to look. Roots and berries are very much the theme here.

Foraging is an ancient way to connect with how our ancestors lived, the plants themselves and their healing, as well as the world around us, but it is best to do so in a safe and ethical way so please don’t set off before you’ve read and digested our article ‘A Guide to Safe and Sustainable Foraging’, also remembering to pick ‘above dog height’!

With that in mind, medical herbalist Kathie Bishop shares some of her favourite medicinal plants to harvest in the January wilds of the UK.

Kathie Bishop

I am trained in the medical sciences of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, pharmacology as well as traditional herbal subjects of herbal materia medica and therapeutics, dietetics,... Read more

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